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Holy Fools

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In seventeenth-century France, against a backdrop of witch trials, regicide and religious frenzy, Juliette, one-time actress and rope-dancer, seeks refuge with her young daughter in the remote abbey of Saint Marie-de-la-Mer, and reinvents herself as Soeur Auguste. Until a new Abbess is appointed, bringing with her a ghost from Juliette's past, a man she has every reason to fear.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 120 x 194 x 26mm | 281.23g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552770019
  • 9780552770019
  • 168,761

About Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is one of our best-loved and most versatile novelists. She first appeared on the scene with the bestselling Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp), which turned into the sensuous Lansquenet trilogy (with Lollipop Shoes and Peaches for Monsieur le Cure). She has since written acclaimed novels in such diverse genres as fantasy based on Norse myth (Runemarks, Runelight, The Gospel of Loki), and the Malbry cycle of dark psychological thrillers (Gentlemen & Players, Blueeyedboy, and now Different Class). Born in Barnsley, of an English father and a French mother, she spent fifteen years as a teacher before (somewhat reluctantly) becoming a full-time writer. In 2013, she was awarded an MBE. She lives in Yorkshire, plays bass in a band first formed when she was sixteen, works in a shed in her garden, spends far too much time online and occasionally dreams of faking her own death and going to live in Hawaii.show more

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"Truly sensational... This is a wonderful novel. It draws you in from the very first page" Sunday Express "A weird and hugely enjoyable blend of Aldous Huxley's The Devils of Loudon and Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus" New Statesman "With this bold, inventive book, Harris confirms her position as one of Britain's most popular novelists... Fans will be delighted by the way this novel complements her earlier works. At the same time, the author's experiments with structure and voice ensure this story is fresh and compelling" Daily Mail "Hugely enjoyable... Both consoling and wise" -- Amanda Craig New Statesman "With this bold, inventive book, Harris confirms her position as one of Britain's most popular novellists... Fresh and compelling" Daily Mailshow more

Review Text

"With this bold, inventive book, Harris confirms her position as one of Britain's most popular novellists... Fresh and compelling"show more

Back cover copy

In seventeenth-century France, against a backdrop of witch trials, regicide and religious frenzy, Juliette, one-time actress and rope-dancer, seeks refuge with her young daughter in the remote abbey of Saint Marie-de-la-Mer, and reinvents herself as Soeur Auguste. Until a new Abbess is appointed, bringing with her a ghost from Juliette's past, a man she has every reason to fear.show more

Rating details

6,624 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 18% (1,198)
4 36% (2,376)
3 34% (2,277)
2 10% (641)
1 2% (132)

Our customer reviews

"I have to say I found this book a bit of a struggle to finish. I loved 'Five Quarters of the Orange', but although this book started out well and I found it pretty gripping, I found it became more unbelievable as it progressed. I also found some of the nuns hard to distinguish from each other (maybe just me not paying attention!) and nobody was actually engaging enough for me to really care what happened to them. It was well written though, and I'll be reading Joanne Harris' other books."show more
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